Banana Pudding

My husband is a southern boy through and through.  He loves Chicken Fried Steak and French Fries.  He loves BBQ brisket and he loves a homemade Banana Pudding.

Now, just in case you didn’t know, a “homemade Banana Pudding” does not use a box of banana pudding mix and some cool whip.  No sir!  We make our pudding and it is topped with meringue.  That’s the southern way to get it done!

Banana Pudding

This is hands down, my husband’s favorite dessert.  I do not make it for him often enough!  I need to bump up the frequency that I make this for him.  And my Chicken Fried Steak frequency as well.  (I think I just heard him yell, “Amen!”.)

So, this recipe is not hard, but it is a little bit time consuming.  But if you have never had homemade Banana Pudding, you really ought to try this because it is totally amazing!

This makes a 9×9” pan, if you need a larger amount, just double the recipe and put it in a 11”x13” pan.

Banana Pudding

¾ C sugar, divided
1/3 C all purpose flour
Dash of salt
3 eggs, separated
2 C milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
45 Vanilla Wafers, divided
5 ripe bananas, sliced (about 3 ½ C), divided
Additional Vanilla Wafters and banana slices for garnish, if desired

Combine ½ C sugar, flour, and salt in the top of a double boiler.  If you don’t have a double boiler, find two sauce pans that can nest inside each other loosely.  Add water to the bottom pan and use the top pan as the double boiler.

Banana Pudding
My version of a double boiler

Blend in 3 egg yolks and the milk to the sugar mixture in the top of a double boiler.  Cook over boiling water, uncovered, stirring constantly, for 10-12 minutes or until thickened.  If you stop stirring, it will burn.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Banana Pudding

Spread a small amount of custard on the bottom of a 1 ½ qt. casserole dish.  Add a layer of Vanilla Wafers and top with a layer of bananas. 

 

Banana Pudding

Continue to layer custard, Vanilla wafers, and bananas to make a total of 3 layers each, ending with a custard layer.

Banana Pudding

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, gradually adding the remaining ¼ C of sugar.  Beat until the mixture is stiff, but not dry!  Spoon the meringue on top of the last custard layer, spreading it evenly to cover the entire surface.  Make sure to have it touch the edges of the pan to “seal” it or it will shrink when you cook it.

Banana Pudding

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until it is nicely browned. 

Banana Pudding

Cool slightly or refrigerate.  If desired, garnish with additional wafers and sliced bananas just before serving.

Banana Pudding

 

 Do you like Banana Pudding?  Have you ever make homemade Banana Pudding before?

Banana Pudding
This Banana Pudding is the real deal- homemade pudding and freshly whipped meringue makes this a southern dessert through and through!
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ C sugar, divided
  2. 1/3 C all purpose flour
  3. Dash of salt
  4. 3 eggs, separated
  5. 2 C milk
  6. ½ tsp vanilla extract
  7. 45 Vanilla Wafers, divided
  8. 5 ripe bananas, sliced (about 3 ½ C), divided
  9. Additional Vanilla Wafers and banana slices for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Combine ½ C sugar, flour, and salt in the top of a double boiler.
  2. Blend in 3 egg yolks and the milk to the sugar mixture in the top of a double boiler. Cook over boiling water, uncovered, stirring constantly, for 10-12 minutes or until thickened. If you stop stirring, it will burn.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Spread a small amount of custard on the bottom of a 1 ½ qt. casserole dish. Add a layer of Vanilla Wafers and top with a layer of bananas. Continue to layer custard, Vanilla wafers, and bananas to make a total of 3 layers each, ending with a custard layer.
  5. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, gradually adding the remaining ¼ C of sugar. Beat until the mixture is stiff, but not dry! Spoon the meringue on top of the last custard layer, spreading it evenly to cover the entire surface.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until it is nicely browned. Cool slightly or refrigerate. If desired, garnish with additional wafers and sliced bananas just before serving.
Double Boiler
  1. If you don’t have a double boiler, find two sauce pans that can nest inside each other loosely. Add water to the bottom pan and use the top pan as the double boiler.
Meringue
  1. Make sure to have it touch the edges of the pan to “seal” it or it will shrink when you cook it.
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2 thoughts on “Banana Pudding

  1. This is delicious!!! My husband and I both love it! I’m not sure why I had trouble getting the custard to thicken. It took me about 30min and finally I gave up on the double broiler method and just stirred like crazy on the stove top. This will be a regular and definitely a birthday dish as well!

    1. I am so glad you found a work around for the recipe. If you like a thicker custard you can reduce the milk down to 1 3/4 C instead of 2 C. You can also make the banana pudding and refrigerate it for several hours before serving that will help it thicken up as well. I am so glad you like it. That makes me so happy! 🙂

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